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Probe Into Big Banks Widens

Federal prosecutors are looking into whether banks misled investors about their roles in mortgage-bond deals. Targeted banks include Citi, JPMorgan Chase, and UBS. At the same time, New York's Attorney General is launching a separate probe of whether some banks misled ratings agencies.

Insurers Feeling the Urge to Merge in 2010

Mergers and acquisitions will dominate the insurance and reinsurance market next year. The industry will fuel its urge to merge with balance sheets rehabilitated over the past year.